THE STUDENT OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

There are many things about Christian Science which the student may not at once understand. A similar statement, however, might be made by many earnest and intelligent followers of other religious denominations concerning their faiths. Probably few religious teachers of our day are more widely known than is Dr. Lyman Abbot, yet here is what he writes along this line: "Do you ask me if I can reconcile all the facts of life with the affirmation that the 'infinite and eternal Love? I answer frankly, I cannot. There are many things in life that seem strange, mysterious, ... inexplicable to me. There is much I do not understand. I can see but a little way before me; but I believe with all my heart that God is what Christ portrayed Him to be—Love; and that what I cannot understand here I shall understand better in the great hereafter."

With like frankness I will say that I cannot yet reconcile all the facts of so-called material existence with Christian Science; but I do say that of life's hard problems I can understand more by its means than by means of any other religious faith of which I know. There are those who profess to believe in a loving God; yet they seem to think that He has inflicted sin and sickness upon the world. They profess to believe in but one God; yet when the question of sin comes up they frequently talk as though they thought there was also another power, namely, evil. They profess to believe in an omnipotent, ever-present God, yet when things go wrong with them physically they do not trust Him, but run for a material remedy.

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